2020 Festival Cancelled

We are very sorry to announce that we have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel this year’s festival.
The feedback we’ve been receiving locally, coupled with the increasing and continuing uncertainty over the ongoing virus situation, meant we felt we had no alternative.

We expect to be running the festival in 2021. We hope to see you there.

Short story competition

Thank you to everyone who entered our “Tendring Tales” short story competition.

The deadline has now passed, and the entries (all 28 of them) are currently being sent out to the 3 judges. They will hope to announce a winner by the 10th of November, or very shortly afterwards.

Thursday, 17th October

Crime and Wine
Ann Cleeves


Ann Cleeves grew up in Herefordshire and Devon, and trained as a probation officer.
She began writing whilst living with her husband on a tiny island in the Dee estuary, where Tim had been appointed warden for the nature reserve.
Ann’s list of achievements and awards is incredibly long, but perhaps she is best known as the author of the phenomally-successful Shetland and Vera Stanhope novels, both of which have been adapted for TV.
She is a passionate champion for public libraries, and she went on to set up reading groups in prisons as part of the ‘Inside Books’ project, and became Cheltenham Literature Festival’s first reader-in-residence.

Last year, she completed the series of Shetland novels with Wild Fire, the 8th in the series.
This year, she begins a new series with the novel The Long Call. The story is set in North Devon in an area called Two Rivers, where the rivers Taw and Torridge converge and run into the sea.

Venue: Frinton Tennis Club, Holland Road, FRINTON
Tickets: £12.50 (includes a glass of wine)

Friday, 18th October

An evening with
Alan Johnson


Alan Johnson was born in May 1950. He is a British Labour Party politician who served as Home Secretary from June 2009 to May 2010. Before that he filled a wide variety of cabinet positions in both the Blair and Brown governments, including Health Secretary and Education Secretary. Until 20 January 2011 he was Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. Johnson was the Member of Parliament for Hull West and Hessle until his retirement from politics in 2017.

His first book, This Boy, won the RSL Ondaatje Prize and the Orwell Prize in 2013. His second, Please Mister Postman, won the National Book Award for Autobiography of the Year in 2014. His third, The Long and Winding Road, was published in 2016 and won the Parliamentary Book Award for Best Memoir.
His latest book, In My Life, is an affectionate look back on the music which has filled Alan’s life.

Venue: McGrigor Hall, Fourth Avenue, FRINTON
Tickets: £10.00 (there will be a pay bar at the event)

Saturday, 19th October

The Philomena Dwyer Literary Lunch
Janet Ellis

Janet Ellis is an English television presenter, actress and writer, who is perhaps best known for presenting the BBC children’s television programmes Blue Peter and Jigsaw between 1979 and 1987.

In 2016, she published her first novel, the acclaimed The Butcher’s Hook.
This year, she has published her second novel, How It Was.

‘This author remains one to watch. She has a sharp eye and a sharper wit. More importantly still, she possesses a subtle and compassionate understanding of the human heart.’ The Guardian

‘Knows how to keep her audience hooked’ The Times

‘Beautifully crafted. Janet Ellis is a masterful storyteller.’ Clare Mackintosh, Bestselling Author of I Let You Go.

Venue: Frinton Golf Club, The Esplanade, FRINTON
Tickets: £28 (includes two course lunch)